As temperatures plummeted over recent weeks, fulfilling fixtures was not the only issue for local clubs.
With pitches unplayable across the province many clubs were left searching for training facilities in an effort to keep their players fit and ready for the resumption of important cup and league games.
One local club Ards RFC looked to a variety of locations and options in an effort to keep their players on the ball as club PRO Roy Lawton tells INTOUCH:
The management at Ards are working flat out trying to vary the locations and type of activities to keep everyone on-board. This is not an easy task, as many venues require more notice than can be given, which can be very difficult during these exceptional climatic conditions presently thrust upon us.
To date Ards have been fortunate enough to have availed themselves of some very handy facilities at Regent House School, Ards Leisure Centre and most recently Fitness First in Bangor, with the latter being very advantageous. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Regent House School and Fitness First in Bangor as well as Movilla High School for the use of their main sports hall this week.
To date, the players at Ards, lead by ex-Ulster player ScottYoung, have enjoyed the variety of training that the club has been able to offer but everyone is looking forward to returning to pitch work in the near future.